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City Council rejects proposal for local vendor preference listen

11/12/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council rejected a proposal today that would have given local businesses preference in bidding for city contracts. The proposal was intended to give local businesses a leg up in the bidding process, but many state-wide construction companies opposed the idea, saying that it might discourage competition.

Gregory Spearman is the director of the City of Tampa purchasing department. He defined a regional preference as a policy or ordinance which imposes legislative requirements...

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Ybor activists battle HCC over construction listen

03/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Ybor City representatives angry about the construction of a new facility for the Ybor branch of Hillsborough Community College that they say violates the standards of the historic district received no satisfaction after pleading their case before the Tampa City Council today.

HCC constructed the building without getting approval from the BLC- the Barrio Latino Commission – which has the responsibility of preserving the historic fabric of Ybor City.

Patrick Mantiega is the editor and p...

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Hillsborough school construction to slow considerably listen

07/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Beginning in 2010, Hillsborough County Schools will go three years without constructing a single new school because enrollment numbers are not expected to increase as quickly as in the past.

This morning, the Hillsborough School Board held a workshop on the district’s five-year construction plan.

Cathy Valdes is the school district’s chief facilities officer. “For three years we won’t be opening anything or budgeting anything, I mean, except what we already talked about budget...

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